May 15, 2021

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White House delegation visits the island's pharmaceutical and aerospace industry | government

The resident commissioner, Jenniffer González Colón emphasized today before the White House delegation that visits the Island, the capacity and infrastructure to host multinationals, showing the diversity of companies established in the northern zone, to promote the development of manufacturing in Puerto Rico, the resident commissioner

According to information, González Colón made the tour of the manufacturers with the assistant to the president for disaster recovery issues in Puerto Rico, Rear Admiral Peter Brown, the public policy advisor of the House Blanca, Juan Caro, the Secretary of Economic Development, Manuel Laboy, the president of the Industrial Association, Carlos Rodríguez, PRFAA and FEMA staff. Also, the mayor of Manatí, José Sánchez, accompanied the delegation in the visit to GK Pharmaceutical.

“It fills me with pride to be able to present to the White House the only pharmacist in the world owned by women owners and is from Puerto Ricans established in Manatí, GK Pharmaceutical. This company is an example of our ingenuity and capacity ”, expressed González Colón.

The biopharmaceutical company GK Pharmaceutical developed a package of molecular tests to detect # COVID19 that already have a PRE-EUA (Pre Emergency Use Authorization) pre-approval and are awaits final FDA approval by the end of this week; these would be the only PCR tests developed and manufactured on the island.

Likewise, Honeywell and Lufthansa also visited to demonstrate to the White House delegation the aerospace industry on the island.

The Research and Technology Center of Honeywell in Moca, built 5 years ago, is a young company focused on innovation, they work with universities on the Island to prepare the workforce they will hire, sponsor programs and competitions, promote aerospace education, offer internships maintaining 70% of retention of them. Honeywell has 870 employees between the facilities in Moca and Aguadilla.

From these facilities they develop applications that NASA uses in missions of its satellites.

At Lufthansa Technik in Aguadilla, the only facility of this company in all of America is focuses on aircraft maintenance, since its opening in 2015 to date they have worked with 530 aircraft for nine airlines. One of the reasons why this company with a German parent chose Puerto Rico was because of its privileged geographic location.

The establishment of this company contributes to González Colón's initiative to turn the island into an air cargo center by providing maintenance services.

Lufthansa Technik has 330 employees, 95% of them Puerto Rican, and in 2017 they established the first mechanics apprenticeship program with the Puerto Rico Aeronautical and Aerospace Institute, this is the first program of this class federally approved nationwide.

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